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Esse and Plastic Neutral

We’ve partnered with Cleanhub to collect plastic waste in developing countries before it can reach the ocean.

Every living thing depends on the ocean. Covering more than 70% of the planet’s surface it affects our climate and our food systems. Yet, millions of tons of plastic end up in our ocean every year with deeply damaging results to marine ecosystems.

Today, 91% of global plastic does not get recycled. Single-use plastics such as plastic bags, candy wrappers, water bottles and food containers end up in water courses destined for the ocean.

Esse is carbon neutral already and has now stepped up to help protect the ocean by going plastic neutral. We calculate our plastic usage and ensure that an equivalent amount is collected and recycled. This also empowers local communities in developing countries to set up collection businesses.

Cleanhub has a growing network of collection partners in India and Indonesia. From door-to-door collection by women self-help groups to surf camps who clean up their beaches to high-tech interventions in some of the dirtiest rivers of the world – all of them contribute to the shared goal of a plastic-free environment.

With help of a digital platform, collectors access a network of treatment- and recycling companies. At the moment, Cleanhub has the capacity to treat 15 million tonnes of plastic waste from more than 70 countries.

Esse is committed to protecting our ocean – with every product we sell.